Sky Go Not Working Abroad (2021 Post-Brexit Guide)

sky go vpn guide

If like many expats, travelers, or home-sick workers, you have recently tried to access your Sky Go account post-Brexit, then you’ll have been greeted with a rather annoying error message. 

In fact, Sky has confirmed that from January 1st, any content on their service won’t be available outside of the UK, which isn’t really the start to the New Year many of us were hoping for.  

Luckily, there is a solution and it takes minutes to set up.  

How to access Sky Go abroad

In order to access Sky Go content that’s available at home from abroad, you need a VPN or Virtual Private Network. This changes your IP address and makes it look, from Sky’s point of view, like you’re in the UK and makes watching anything you want, a breeze.  

Using a VPN isn’t illegal or against Sky’s terms of service or anything like that, so you don’t have anything to worry about.  

Now, there are free versions available that can be known to work but only a handful of free VPNs are trustworthy and the ones that are come with limitations, oftentimes in the form of data allowance. 

This means you have a limit on how much you can watch, which, isn’t ideal when you want to watch a football match or box set. That’s why we recommend sticking to a paid VPN in order to maximise the likelihood you’ll have seamless viewing from abroad.  

The good thing is, a VPN will work from wherever you are in the world so if you’re living in Spain, Switzerland, or Saudi Arabia, any of the options below will work.  

Recently, I helped a friend who reached out from Rotterdam in The Netherlands who was struggling to access his Sky Go account and was more than happy with our recommendation.  

Best of all, the VPNs we list below all come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you’re not happy with the service then you can always get a refund.  

We’ll walk through how to set up your VPN (it’s really easy) and which ones we recommend for the job 

How to set up your VPN for Sky Go

First, sign up for one of the VPNs listed below. We usually always recommend NordVPN and for good reason but we’ll come to that shortly. 

Download and install your chosen VPN on your device if you’re using a laptop or smartphone or configure your router to use the VPN for smart TVs. We covered how to set up a VPN on a TalkTalk router in a previous post.  

Run the VPN, choose a server in the UK, and connect. 

Clear your cookies and refresh the page with the video you want to watch and you’re good to go.  

Now you can watch as much as you want from wherever you are in the world.  

See, I told you it was easy.  

The best options

In order to make our shortlist, we’ve ensured that each of the below meets our strict standards and the criteria needed to watch Sky abroad. These include: 

  • Lightning-fast servers that are consistently reliable and won’t affect high-definition viewing (there’s no point watching David Attenborough on a jumpy, low-definition channel) 
  • Servers that are UK based and have shown repeated ability to unblock streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime 
  • Powerful security  
  • Customer service that is readily available with 24/7 live chat support 
  • Apps that are simple, easy, and quick to set up across all devices 
  • Unblocks Sky Go from around the world  
  • Incredible speeds without restrictions 
  • SmartPlay feature for seamless streaming 
  • Connect up to 6 devices on one account 
  • Works with all other streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video 
  • Compatible with: Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, Chrome, Linux, routers, smart TVs 

NordVPN is our number 1 pick for streaming abroad and for good reason.  

With consistent unblocking of all streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and BBC iPlayer, Sky Go is no different. NordVPN showed continued success in bypassing Sky’s geo-restrictions from a range of countries. We even contacted colleagues, friends, and family around the world to make sure they could access both box sets and live sport which came back with a resounding yes.  

With over 5,500 global servers to choose from, you can be sure wherever you are in the world, you’ll have one close by which means faster speeds, a dependable connection, and HD streaming. 

What’s more, NordVPNs own SmartPlay technology supports Android boxes, FireTV, and smart TV devices without having to set anything up.

NordVPN offers two security protocolsOpenVPN and IKEv2/IPSec. OpenVPN is one of the most secure protocols available, and it’s the default option for the majority of NordVPN’s apps. You can choose other protocols, though, depending on your needs.  

For macOS and iOS devices, NordVPN uses IKEv2/IPSec as the default option, and you also get the option to change to OpenVPN. Android and Windows users have OpenVPN only. 

NordVPN themselves have a page on their site via their support centre that is always being updated with information on how to access various streaming services, including Sky Go, so you know if something not working for whatever reason, they’re working hard in the background to solve the solution which is likely affecting all other VPNs as well.  

You also get unlimited bandwidth which means you can watch whatever you like for as long as you like without restrictions.  

If you ever get stuck with a problem or query then you can also get in contact with NordVPN via their 24/7 live chat support which we found more than helpful in our review.  

To round it off, you also get a 30-day moneyback guarantee, so if the service you’re getting doesn’t fit the bill or you don’t need it anymore, you can always get your money back.  

surfshark devices
  • Unblocks Sky Go from around the world  
  • Fantastic speeds without restrictions 
  • Patented No-Borders feature for streaming anywhere
  • Unlimited devices for you and your household
  • Works with all other streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video 
  • Compatible with: Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, Chrome, Linux, routers, smart TVs 

Like NordVPNSufshark has shown repeated success in unblocking streaming services and after Brexit, we decided to give them another go just to make sure they could unblock Sky Go, which also resulted in seamless viewing.  

This is mainly due to their own patented NoBorders mode which is one of the best in the industry at circumventing restrictions for people around the globe, beaten only by NordVPN 

Paired with their 3,200 servers worldwide and Surfshark is a strong contender for the best VPN to unblock Sky Go.  

Surfshark also has a more advanced but no less easy to set up ‘camouflage mode’ that disguises the fact you’re using a VPN, meaning even your ISP can’t see what you’re doing.  

While NordVPN has a better track record at unblocking streaming services as well as the number of servers available, Surfshark is cheaper with their plans coming in at a very well-priced £1.83 per month. Add the ability to connect as many devices you want, (watch only fools and horses on your smart fridge for all we care) then you have a tough choice to make.  

  • Purpose-built servers for streaming worldwide
  • Unblocks Sky Go from around the world  
  • Great speeds without restrictions 
  • Connect up to 7 devices
  • Works with all other streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video 
  • Compatible with: Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, Chrome, Linux, routers, smart TVs 

CyberGhost is a great example of a functional but easy to use VPN that can do it all. With a simple, user-friendly app that looks great, you can be quickly set up to watch your favourite programs from wherever you are in the world.  

With over 6,700 servers to choose from, only the most remote of locations will struggle to unblock Sky Go and they are few and far between.  

CyberGhost also brings streaming-optimised servers to the party, again for quick and easy access to servers that are purpose-built for streaming 

You can connect up to 7 devices which is slightly more than NordVPN and less than Surfshark and a solid number to have at your disposal.  


Can Sky detect a VPN?

Sky checks your IP address against a third-party database to see if you’re connected to a known VPN server. Even if your VPN usually works for other streaming services, you still might not be able to watch your Sky boxsets. If it matches your IP address to one on the list, you’ll be blocked. 

However, most leading VPNs, like the ones mentioned in our list, change and update their IP addresses regularly enough to avoid being detected and blocked, which is why they are so reliable. 

Can I use a free VPN?

We touched on free VPNs earlier and in a perfect world, we’d love to recommend a provider that can successfully and consistently unblock streaming services like Sky Go but there just isn’t one on the market that does it all.  

ProtonVPN, our number 1 free VPN, has unlimited bandwidth but the servers are limited to the Netherlands, Japan, and the US.  

So, while it’s useful for accessing US Netflix, it doesn’t really help here. Other providers like TunnelBear do offer UK based servers but you’re limited to how much you can watch (their 500MB of data will last just shy of an hour-long show).  

If we find a solution that involves a free plan and unlimited data then we’ll be the first to update our list.  

Can I watch Sky Go on my phone with a VPN?

Of course! Each of our recommended options has apps across all devices including Android and iOS so you can watch or catch up on any shows on the go. This includes any tablets as well!